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By Ben Muir 

Research biologist explains communication with humpbacks


Ben Muir / Petersburg Pilot

Fred Sharpe gives a talk at the Petersburg Public Library last Thursday.

Researchers at a lighthouse near Petersburg have been conducting behavioral studies of humpback whales, trying to understand their diverse communication system, and this summer the humans are ready to talk back.

Dr. Fred Sharpe, a research biologist with the Alaska Whale Foundation and part-time Juneau Lighthouse Association keeper of the Five Finger Lighthouse in Frederick Sound, gave a talk in Petersburg to about 100 people last Thursday.

Sharpe has spent 30 summers at the lighthouse and was awarded a doctorate from Simon Fraser University for his behavioral research on humpbacks. His r...

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